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How Much Caffeine Is in Robusta Coffee? Surprising Facts!

robusta coffee beans in a basket

Whether you’re a fan of a piping hot cup of coffee each morning or simply live with someone who does, you’ve most likely heard about the different coffee brands and types on the market. Robusta coffee is one of these coffee options you’ll find when choosing a coffee to make at home. While many feel this coffee is less popular than the other choice, Arabica, there are fans of Robusta and the high caffeine content it contains. Let’s learn a bit more about this coffee, how it compares to others, and the brands you may find it in. A Robusta coffee bean contains 2.2% caffeine, which is about double the caffeine in Arabica coffee. You can expect up to 265 mg of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup of Robusta coffee.

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What Is Robusta Coffee?

Robusta coffee originated in Africa from the sub-Saharan regions. It comes from a plant called Coffea canephora and is one of the two main species of the coffee plant along with Arabica. The Robusta plant was first identified in the 1800s and has been a part of the coffee world ever since with it raking in up to 40% of the coffee grown worldwide.

Robusta coffee is considered to be of a lower quality than its counterpart due to the difference in growing conditions needed. While Arabica is grown in higher elevations with lots of rain, Robusta doesn’t need the same requirements. Also known as sun-grown coffee, Robusta can be grown in most areas without the care required for Arabica. This can affect the taste of the beans, however, and is the reason more people prefer Arabica.

Robusta coffee plant
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The Caffeine in Robusta Coffee

One of the other big differences when it comes to Robusta and Arabica coffee is the caffeine content. A Robusta bean contains roughly 2.2% caffeine. You’ll only find 1.2% caffeine in an Arabica bean. With this difference in beans, it’s understandable that a cup of Robusta coffee would have a high amount of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup. The 265 mg of caffeine found in Robusta coffee is a pretty extreme amount.

Determining the exact Robusta coffee caffeine content can be difficult. Several things can affect the caffeine content, such as the growing conditions, the brewing method, and especially the bean quality. You will realize, however, that any cup of Robusta coffee will feature roughly 83% more caffeine than Arabica due to the beans having such drastic differences. This amount of caffeine even puts Robusta coffee at the same level as certain energy drinks on the market.

Here’s a look at how Robusta measures up to other highly caffeinated beverages on the market.

Bang Energy 300 mg of caffeine
Robusta Coffee 265 mg of caffeine
Starbucks Triple Shot Energy 225 mg of caffeine
Monster Energy 160 mg of caffeine
Red Bull 80 mg of caffeine

The Danger of Too Much Caffeine

As we all know, too much caffeine can be bad for your health. You should keep this in mind when drinking Robusta coffee or coffee brands made from these beans. The FDA recommends 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, but heavy coffee drinkers often go over this amount. For those who have caffeine sensitivities, you may experience issues if you consume too much caffeine. This is why you should always be aware of how much is in your cups each morning.

Here’s a look at the caffeine amounts found in 3 of the most popular brands of coffee featuring Robusta beans.

Black Label Devil Mountain Coffee (12 fl. oz.) 1555 mg of caffeine
Very Strong Coffee (12 fl. oz.) 1350 mg of caffeine
Devil’s Brew (12 fl. oz.) 1325 mg of caffeine

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Final Thoughts

As you can see, Robusta coffee is a powerhouse when it comes to caffeine content. With 265 mg of caffeine in an 8 fl. oz. cup, it is easy to see why people who want the energy boost caffeine provides would turn to this coffee. If you are a fan of Robusta coffee, proceed with caution. Always keep your eyes open for caffeine intolerance while you enjoy your fresh brews.

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Melissa Gunter

Melissa has been a fan of coffee since the first sip she stole from her Granny's cup when she was just a girl. Now, she spends each morning writing with a hot cup of coffee at her side. With a love of sweet and creamy bliss, Melissa and her daughter, Amber, stop by and try out every local coffee shop they see. Neither are afraid to try something new and have a long list of favorite coffee beverages they simply can't do without. When she's not freelance writing about her 2 passions, coffee, and pets, Melissa spends her time with her husband, 2 kids, and 5 fur babies. She also loves diving into the fiction world under her pen name, Rena Marin. If she isn't at the laptop or with the family, Melissa is out enjoying the mountains of East Tennessee she calls home.

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